Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers - 7/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (52-30) at Boston Red Sox (43-37)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
N Martinez (1-1) (5.00) vs. R Porcello (9-2) (3.78)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -177 / Texas Rangers +167 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSSW
Coming up on Monday at historic Fenway Park, the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox will be kicking off their series.
The Rangers are coming off a series against the Twins this weekend. Texas eked out a win Friday, and was blown out 17-5 on Saturday. In the finale, the Rangers lost a heartbreaker 5-4.
As for the Red Sox, they just finished up against the Angels. The two teams split the first two games (including a 21-2 Angels blowout Saturday) and on Sunday, the Red Sox bagged a 10-5 win to take the series.
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RHP Nick Martinez will be starting for the Rangers on Monday. In his five games (three starts) and 1-1 record this year, Martinez has produced a 5.00 ERA with a 1.72 WHIP in 18 innings. In his last start against the Yankees, Martinez took the no-decision in five innings with three hits and two runs.
The Texas batting order features several notable bats. Ian Desmond is way out front with 102 hits, 60 runs, 15 homers and 52 RBI. Desmond came up empty on Sunday, though. Adrian Beltre has put up 82 hits with 42 runs, 12 homers and 52 RBI. Rougned Odor holds 80 hits with 52 runs, 15 homers and 39 RBI.
Right-hander Rick Porcello will be starting for the Red Sox on Monday. In 16 starts with a 9-2 record this year, Porcello has managed a 3.78 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP in 100 innings. On Tuesday against the Rays, Porcello allowed just one run on five hits in six innings for a win.
Boston has a great lineup at the plate this year. Xander Bogaerts has put up 111 hits with 60 runs, nine homers and 51 RBI. Mookie Betts is right up there as well with a .294 average, 70 runs, 17 homers and 55 RBI. Dustin Pedroia has logged 98 hits with 50 runs, seven homers and 32 RBI thus far.
The Rangers are 4-1 in their last five Monday games, and 7-3 in their last 10 against the American League East. Texas is also 3-9 in Martinez’s last 12 starts, and 1-7 in Martinez’s last eight road starts.
As for the Red Sox, they’re 11-5 in their last 16 against the American League West and 4-1 in Porcello’s last five Monday starts. Boston is also 7-0 in Porcello’s last home starts, and 4-1 in Porcello’s last five starts overall.
With Porcello throwing well right now, I think the Red Sox can take this opener. I’ll stick with Boston here.